What Are Some Common Garden Bugs?


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Some common garden bugs include honey bees, aphid midges, braconid wasps, damsel bugs, ground beetles and lady beetles, to name a few. These insects are all beneficial, providing control of pestilent insects.

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Perhaps the most well known of these insects are the honey bee and the lady beetle. Lady beetles eat aphids, mealybugs, mites and other pests. Honey bees play a vital role in the pollination of garden plants and trees. Foragers fly from flower to flower collecting nectar, which they cure into honey. Along the way, they collect pollen in their pollen baskets. Some of this pollen is deposited on each flower, thus completing the act of pollination.

There are many common garden bugs that are not beneficial, such as aphids, armyworms, asparagus beetles and cabbage worms. Perhaps the most well-known of these species are aphids and cabbage worms. Aphids are small insects that cluster on the underside of leaves and feed on new growth. They secrete honeydew, which attracts more insects and can cause moldy growth. Lady beetles are a natural control method for aphids.

Cabbage worms are commonly found feasting on brassica and other cole crops. They cause destruction of crops by chewing holes through the leaves, which promotes rot. They are approximately 1 1/4 inch long and are green with yellow stripes.

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